Releasing Attachments

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I know this to be true.  I often forget it though.  So today, Wayne Dyer’s quote from “You Are What You Think” resonates with me:

“To release attachments, you have to make a shift in how you view yourself. If your primary identification is with your body and your possessions, your ego is the dominant force in your life  If you can tame your ego sufficiently, you’ll call upon your spirit to be the guiding force in your life.  As a spiritual being, you can observe your body and be a compassionate witness to your existence. Your spiritual aspect sees the folly of attachments because your spiritual self is an infinite soul.”

This has been a tough year for me physically and emotionally.  Today, I am releasing any attachment I have to how my physical and emotional bodies “should” be.  It is what it is. Awareness is key and today I am aware.

 

It’s Been A Long Time

Now I’m coming back home.  I’ve been away now, oh how I’ve been alone.

I don’t know if you recognized those as lyrics from the Beatles song, “Wait.”  I’ve been listening almost non-stop to the Beatles channel on Sirius XM.  Their songs are timeless.  That particular song, “Wait”, speaks to me.  I am not a patient person and any reminder to embody patience is welcomed.

And I have been away from my blog for awhile.  I can’t believe the the last time I posted was in the fall of 2017.  I think that’s when “the shift” happened for me.  It’s taken quite awhile to shed the dissonance.  Normally I am provided with words at the beginning of each year that guide me — more spiritually than anything.  No words came to me at the beginning of 2018.  I spent the first quarter of 2018 in a physical slump which also affected my mental and emotional realms.

One day in March, I was sitting in my new “loft space”, purging files and throwing stuff away and a piece of paper dropped out of the pile, floating down to the floor.  I turned it over and two words popped out at me:  Resilience and Fluidity.

I was stunned. My words for 2018.  And let me tell ya…Resilience and Fluidity is the name of the game.

Do those words speak to you?  If so, how do you see them in your life?

 

 

Vertical Reality

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Vertical reality vs. horizontal reality:  Vertical reality is looking up, aligning oneself with the things of Spirit as opposed to looking straight ahead or looking down and aligning oneself with the ways of the world.

The body, the heart and the mind are our capacities from which Life, Love and Truth are expressed.  So many in the world today are fooled into thinking the capacities ARE the expression.  Don’t be fooled.

Know the difference.  Live it.  Express it.  You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.  Be the light from which others can find their way.

 

Victory

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Victory.  Success.  Gratitude.  Humility.

I’m not sure if Victory comes first and then Success, but either way I think you get my drift.  Often times with victory and success, the “big-head” syndrome starts and one’s chest puffs out and one struts one’s stuff, being all proud up in everyone’s face. That is not attractive to me.  I plan on having a victory soon, followed by success. Then…gratitude. Gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given to share with the world.

Gratitude rests in the heart waiting to be seen, heard, felt, offered…and gratitude is followed by humility.  Humility.  Say it with me.  Humility.  When I Googled “humility”, the definition was “a low view of one’s importance.”  Huh?  That’s certainly not what I feel humility to be.

So I found this quote:  “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”  Yes. With humility comes wisdom. Truth.

May your victories be successes and may you offer gratitude back to the Universe and in return bask in humility.

Surrendering and Patience

 

 

Seven of PentaclesThis card speaks to every aspect of my life right now. The Seven of Pentacles — seeds have been sown, the garden is beginning to fill in and now it’s time for patience…but not the sit back and wait for something to happen kind of patience. Rather it’s the discipline, diligence, accountability and being responsible for what is emerging kind of patience that is necessary. It is both scary AND inspiring…but mostly inspiring. Now I Am Surrendering…

Scared or Sacred?

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I remember as a child being terrified of the dark; most likely due to nightmares from watching movies like Dracula and Frankenstein…or it could be from my two older sisters telling me that monsters lived under my bed and in the closet.  What are sisters for if not for giving one a reason to grow strong and courageous??l!!

When I was very young, I’m thinking 7-9 years of age, as I lay in bed after mom kissed me good night and closed the door, I would focus on the light coming from beneath the door from the TV and the living room lights.  As I focused on that light, the door would shrink to the size of a stamp and everything else in the room (including my body) grew very large.  I don’t recall having what might be called an out-of-body experience but I do remember that shrinking the door and becoming big made me feel safe and strong.

At the current youthful age of 66, I’m still not fond of going to bed and having the bedroom door totally closed.  I leave it open just a titch so that there is a bit of light available and knowing my husband, my knight in shining armor, is only a few stairs away from me should those monsters under the bed decide to show their ugly heads.

My experience with tarot has been immensely helpful in my journey through being scared of the dark — I used to see the Devil, the Tower and the Death cards as ominously foreboding. Now I know that when the Devil card appears in a reading (my own or someone else’s), it is a reminder to acknowledge and incorporate the dark side (we all have one); when the Tower appears, I know not to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak, that a major collapse of something held dear might be just around the corner; or if the Death card appears I’m actually jubilant!  Something is about to change drastically and letting go of things that no longer serve Life will aid in the transformation.

I have found that my journey has been more about seeking and embodying the sacred — rather than being scared.  It’s about seeing things with new eyes.

My Awakening the Tarot: Embodying the Cards classes are on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.  I’ve found the best way to awaken the awesomeness of tarot is by telling a story using the cards. We follow the cards as they are presented in Theresa Reed’s “The Tarot Coloring Book” (available at the Really Cool Gift Shop inside The Nutman Co. USA and other fine book stores).  Ahead of time, my normal (if there is such a thing) process is to shuffle the cards, cut the cards and draw 4 cards off the top.  Those 4 cards, along with the Significator card (this next Tuesday the story will be around the Death card) allow me to create a story.  I also add music that speaks to the energy of the story so that we can dance (I use Nia choreography) and then I end with a 20 minute meditation.

I’ve also been teaching Nia for 16 years. I searched most of my adult life for some kind of dance or exercise that allowed me to express myself.  I didn’t find it in the traditional dance or aerobics classes.  The first time I stepped into a Nia class in Dallas, Texas was in 1999. The experience was phenomenal and I knew I needed to find a Nia class in Wisconsin…and I did, and the rest as they say is history. Nia allows my body’s story to unfold. Nia uses 9 movements forms within the Dance Arts, Healing Arts and Martial Arts, all blended into an hour cardiovascular and spirited class.  Nia invites the realms of the Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit to play with movements, steps and stances.

Manifesting a class that blends Nia and Tarot has been personally and creatively satisfying! Life led me from being a little girl scared of the dark to an older and wiser woman utilizing my experiences of the dark to shine a light into the lives of those who come to Sacred Space Studio.  Many come just to dance or just to find out more about tarot and ultimately find that their own life’s purpose and inner light unveils itself.

Has your life’s purpose unveiled itself?

Two of Swords

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The mighty sword — and in this case two of them.

One sword is for action and the other for introspection.  Which to choose?

When I was younger, I was a “play by the rules; don’t rock the boat” kind of person. Since the age of 40 though I’m pretty much a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal. Decision needs to be made?  No problem. Do it.  Now that I’m in my 60’s, I’m kind of liking the “wait and see” what needs to happen version of me; more introspection.

So today, my decision is to pay attention to my blog.  It’s been a month since my last post.  My intention was to post once a week…scratch that.  Maybe once a month is the answer right now.

That’s my decision.  Today.